by Vivian Garzon

Durable Shower Rails: Choosing the Right Materials

The right shower rail can make or break the look and functionality of your shower space – but which material can truly go the distance? Let’s find out.

Durable Shower Rails: Choosing the Right Materials

Are you planning a new bathroom renovation project or simply looking to upgrade your shower space? You probably know every little detail matters when it comes to creating a space that not only reflects your personal style but also withstands the test of time. Sure, a gorgeous basin mixer tap and bathroom sink is an essential component of a beautiful bathroom, but your shower rail also plays a crucial role in both the aesthetic appeal and functionality.

It's the unsung hero of your bathroom that holds your shower heads, creating a seamless showering experience.

But here's the question: Which shower rail material should you choose if you want something that’s built to last? With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to make the right decision. That's where we come in. In this blog post, we will delve into the world of durable shower rails, showing you the materials that truly go the distance.

Whatever your bathroom style or level of interior design know-how, there’s a shower rail that’s perfect for your vibe. Whether you’re a minimalist or prefer something a bit more flashy, let’s dive into the world of shower rails together to find your perfect fit.

Benefits of a Shower Rail

Improved functionality: A shower rail makes your shower experience more convenient and adaptable. It allows you to adjust the height and angle of your shower so you can find the perfect position that suits you best.
  • Better-looking bathroom: Shower rails come in different designs and finishes that can enhance the overall appearance of your bathroom. Whether you prefer a modern stainless steel look or a classic brass style, a well-chosen shower rail can really enhance the look and feel of your bathroom.
  • Long-lasting: When you choose a high-quality shower rail, you're getting a durable fixture that will stay in good shape for many years. Materials like stainless steel and solid brass are strong and resistant to rust, meaning with proper care your shower rail will last for years to come.
  • Easy to install and maintain: Shower rails are pretty easy to install, whether you're doing it yourself or hiring someone. They also don't require a lot of maintenance – just regular cleaning to keep them clean and shiny.
    Can be upgraded later: If you decide to change your shower heads or mixers in the future, a shower rail gives you the flexibility to do that without much hassle. You won't need to make big changes or replace the entire rail.
  • Accessible: A shower rail provides support and stability, making it easier and safer for people with mobility challenges to use the shower. It can be a valuable feature for accessibility in the bathroom.
    Keeps water splatter under control: A well-positioned shower rail helps direct the water flow, reducing splatter and keeping the bathroom floor and surrounding areas drier and safer.
  • Adds value to your home: Investing in good-quality bathroom fixtures, including a durable shower rail, can increase the value of your property. Potential buyers will appreciate the presence of quality materials and fixtures that improve the overall look and functionality of a bathroom.

What’s the Best & Most Durable Material for a Shower Rail?

When it comes to the best and most durable material for a shower rail, there are several options to choose from. Let's take a closer look at each of them:

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a popular choice for shower rails thanks to its exceptional durability – it’s also our top pick for the most durable shower rail material. It’s resistant to corrosion, rust, and tarnishing, making it ideal for high-moisture environments like bathrooms. Stainless steel shower rails are known for their strength and longevity, withstand the daily use of even the busiest of bathrooms, and maintain their sleek appearance over time.

Solid Brass

Solid brass shower rails are another excellent option for durability. Brass is a robust and long-lasting material that can withstand the rigours of daily use without losing its charm. It’s resistant to corrosion and tarnishing, making it a reliable choice for a shower rail that will stand the test of time. Not to mention solid brass offers an elegant and classic look, adding a touch of sophistication to your bathroom.


Gunmetal, a type of bronze alloy, is gaining popularity in the realm of bathroom fixtures. It offers a unique, dark, and modern aesthetic that can elevate the overall look of your shower space. Gunmetal shower rails are known for their durability and resistance to corrosion. While it may require some maintenance every so often to maintain its appearance, gunmetal is both a durable and visually striking material for your shower rail.

Brushed Gold

For those seeking a touch of glam, brushed gold shower rails are certainly one of the more stylish options. While gold finishes can vary in terms of durability, a well-crafted brushed gold shower rail can last for years. The brushed texture helps to minimise visible wear and scratches, making sure that the shower rail retains its beautiful appearance for years to come.

Ultimately, the choice between stainless steel, solid brass, gunmetal, or brushed gold for your shower rail depends on your personal preferences and the overall aesthetic you want to achieve in your bathroom. All of these materials are known for their durability, but it's essential to consider factors such as maintenance requirements, compatibility with other bathroom fixtures, and how well they align with your desired bathroom design.

Choosing the Right Shower Head to Complement Your Shower Rail

Your shower rail is just one part of the shower set equation - to really bring the look and functionality together, you need to consider the shower head. Here are our top tips for choosing a shower head that meets your needs and matches your shower rail.

Consider your showering preferences

Think about the type of showering experience you enjoy. Do you prefer a gentle rainfall-like shower or a more invigorating and powerful spray? Understanding your preferences will guide you in selecting a shower head that offers the desired water pressure and spray pattern.

Assess your water pressure

Take into account the water pressure in your bathroom. Some shower heads are designed to perform optimally under specific water pressure conditions. Ensure that the shower head you choose is compatible with your water pressure to ensure a satisfying shower experience.

Explore different spray patterns

Shower heads come with various spray patterns, such as rain, massage, mist, or a combination of multiple patterns. Consider the spray patterns available and choose one that suits your preferences and provides the desired showering sensation.

Determine the shower head type

Decide whether you want a fixed shower head, a hand-held shower, or a combination of both. Fixed shower heads are mounted on the wall or ceiling, while hand-held showers offer flexibility and convenience for targeted cleaning or rinsing. Some shower heads come as part of a shower set that includes both options.

Look for water-saving features

If you're conscious about water usage, consider a shower head with water-saving features. Look for models with aerators or flow restrictors that reduce water consumption without compromising the showering experience.

Consider the aesthetics

Choose a shower head that complements the overall style and design of your bathroom. Whether you prefer a modern, sleek look or a more traditional design, there are numerous options available to match your bathroom decor and create a cohesive visual appeal.

How to Match Your Shower Rail with Your Bathroom Accessories

Matching your shower rail with your bathroom accessories can create a cohesive and stylish look in your bathroom. Here’s how:

  • Consistency in materials: Consider selecting bathroom accessories that are made from the same or complementary materials as your shower rail. For example, if your shower rail is made of stainless steel, choose tapware, towel rails, and other accessories with a matching stainless steel finish. This consistency in materials creates a unified aesthetic throughout the bathroom.
  • Complementary design styles: Think about the design style of your shower rail and choose bathroom accessories that complement it. If your shower rail has a sleek and modern design, opt for accessories with clean lines and minimalistic aesthetics. Or, if your shower rail has more ornate or traditional detailing, select accessories that feature similar design elements to maintain a cohesive look.
  • Consistent colour palette: Create a coordinated look by using a consistent colour palette throughout your bathroom. If your shower rail is matte black, for example, consider selecting bathroom accessories that feature black accents or are in a complementary colour scheme. This helps tie the different elements of your bathroom together for a unified look.

Choose Buildmats Durable & Stylish Shower Rails

When it comes to choosing a durable and stylish shower rail, the right high-quality materials make all the difference. If you’re on the hunt for shower rails that combine durability with style and functionality, look no further than Buildmat. Our shower rails are made with grade 304 stainless steel, so you can rest assured they’ll withstand the test of time. With easy installation and 6 on-trend colours to choose from, there’s something for everyone. Build your dream new shower today – browse our online store or visit our showroom in Melbourne to see and feel the Buildmat difference for yourself.


What is the warranty coverage for shower rails?

The warranty period for shower rails in Australia varies. You should always check the manufacturer's or retailer's warranty information for details on coverage, including manufacturing defects and workmanship. At Buildmat, warranty is 10 years on all shower rails and shower heads.

What is the WELS rating and why is it important for shower products?

WELS is the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards scheme in Australia. It rates the water efficiency of plumbing products, including showerheads. The higher the star rating, the more water-efficient the product.

Can I DIY install a shower product myself or should I hire a professional?

Whether to install a shower product yourself or hire a professional depends on your plumbing knowledge and comfort. You can install it yourself, but hiring a licensed plumber will ensure proper installation and compliance with regulations.